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1. Are PI students a small minority (one or two, here and there) or does there seem to be a pretty good group of them, in any given 1L section for example?
went straight into PI (I'm including government), which averages out to around 9-10 per section. Some people doing clerkships presumably go into PI afterwards, but I can't find any longterm data.
Anecdotally, I've found more people are generally interested (potentially long-term), but that sounds about right for the number of people who have no intention of ever going to a firm.
2. That said, is there any weird divide between PI-focused students and firm-focused students, or does everybody co-mingle?
I haven't found there to be a divide at all (clarification - during 1L, as that's all I can speak to). All of my best friends intend to go to firms after graduating and are doing EIP.
There are events specifically aimed at people going to firms (mostly firm receptions over J-Term), but nobody is going to stop you from tagging along.
3. Are any of the current students on this thread aiming for PI? From what I've read of this thread (most of it), I haven't seen any.
I am - PM me if you want specifics.
HLS really is as good as it gets for PI - because we have such a large student body/alumni base, there are sufficient numbers for there to be great PI resources even if a smaller percentage of students are using them. I want to go into a very specific field and OPIA (Office of Public Interest Advising) instantly knew what to do with me and put me in contact with other students who wanted to do the same thing. I really don't see that typically happening at another school.